Abstract Of Recent Wts Doctoral Dissertation Message Of Psalm 110 In Context: An Eschatological Interpretation -- By: Jinkyu Kim

Journal: Westminster Theological Journal
Volume: WTJ 65:1 (Spring 2003)
Article: Abstract Of Recent Wts Doctoral Dissertation Message Of Psalm 110 In Context: An Eschatological Interpretation
Author: Jinkyu Kim


Abstract Of Recent Wts Doctoral Dissertation
Message Of Psalm 110 In Context: An Eschatological Interpretation

Jinkyu Kim

This dissertation serves to expose the message of Ps 110 in context. The context includes not only the final shape of the book of Psalms in which this psalm is located, but also the eschatological texts which show significant parallels to Ps 110’s literary features. This study is largely based on the contextual approach to the Psalter which has been advanced by Psalms scholarship since the 1970s. After a brief introduction, a historical survey of the contextual approach to royal psalms is provided, primarily aiming at unraveling the weaknesses of scholarship up to this point.

The context of Ps 110 in the Psalter is divided into a macro-context and a micro-context. The macro-context represents its context among the strategically positioned royal psalms. It is known that the royal psalms, such as Pss 2, 72, and 89, are strategically positioned at the seams of Books I-III. However, no systematic study has been done regarding the positioning of royal psalms in Books IV-V up to this point. Thus, the primary goal of study in this section is to identify the organizing principle of the royal psalms in these books. The micro-context denotes the immediate context of Ps 110, which includes Pss 108–118. Here, the main focus is on finding out how Ps 110 functions in the group of the three Davidic psalms (108–110) and relates to the group of the doxological psalms (111–118).

Founded upon the similarities of Ps 110 to the eschatological texts in the Prophets, a full-fledged literary comparison will be done between this psalm and these texts in order that its new generic identity may be exposed. The goal of this section is to identify and include the generic context of Ps 110 for our exegesis.

Finally, the message of Ps 110 in these contexts is investigated. The conclusion of this study will show that Ps 110 describes the Messiah’s eschatological warfare and victory, which are essentially concurrent with the message of the eschatological texts in the Second Temple period. This study concludes with the NT implications of such...

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